For the first time an organised swim is held at Inchydoney beach and will take place on Sunday 7th August. This is a fundraising event, all proceeds go to Cork Surf Lifesaving which provide valuable lifesaving training to all ages. The community at Cork Surf Lifesaving host children’s summer camps as well as pool and ocean training in lifesaving skills and promote water safety throughout the year. For more info
The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and
Bantry Friends of Lesotho is holding their annual book sale from Friday 5th August to Saturday 20th August, 10am-6pm daily (except Sundays).
Tour de Munster 2016 is in gear and ready to hit the roads for Down Syndrome Ireland, and encourages locals to give them that extra push from August 4th – 7th
The Tour de Munster charity cycle is just around the corner. The annual event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will be kicking off in Waterford on Thursday, 4th August, and finishing up in Cork on Sunday, 7th August. Over 100 cyclists have signed up for the Tour and are getting geared up for this year’s event!
On Tursday the 11th of July four of our Carbery Macra members went to Michelstown to take part in Macra na Feirme Leadership awards interviews. The four members that went up were Padraig O’Driscoll, Patrick Deasy, Patrick McCarthy and John O’Driscoll.
Pictured (l-r) are Declan Groarke, Celeste Shorten, Paddy Mullins, Eileen O’Leary, Michael Deasy & Sheila Lynch, Bank of Ireland Skibbereen.
Jerry Desmond completed his one year term as President of the Bantry Bay Lions Club in June. Eileen O’Shea assumed the role of President for the coming twelve months. Jerry thanked the members for their contribution and support during his term of office and wished Eileen a successful and fulfilling year ahead. Jerry would also like to thank the local community for their tremendous support for all the Lions activities
Catherine Arundel, AIB Bantry branch manager, presenting a cheque to Pat Morrissey, for Bantry Hospice, proceeds from the Coffee Morning held last week. Pic: Tony McElhinney
Dunmanway Community Garden is delighted to invite you to ‘Cooking in The Garden’ an evening of superb food with Celebrity Chef Frank Moynihan in the Community Garden Sunday 24th July 2016 commencing at 3pm sharp. Presented dishes will be raffled. Children over 12 are most welcome. Tickets are available from the Dunmanway Community Garden (see Charlie) and from the Family Resource Centre or call Kirstie on 023 886 8104.
THE West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) is set to appeal the decisoon to grant the adminstration of the new LEADER rural development programme to the new County Council backed Local Community Development Committee (LDC). In an open letter, WCDP Chief Executive Officer Ian Dempsey said that the WCDP board had met to discuss the situation and had decided to lodge a formal appeal.
IT was a hectic schedule on Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th July for visiting American Bob Bateman and his wife Camille as they undertook a number of engagements locally in memory of his great-granduncle, famous Fenian, American civil war fighter, politician, policeman and businessman Captain Timothy Deasy who hailed from Farran, South Ring in the 1830’s. The couple had made contact initially four months ago with the then Clonakilty
ON Wednesday, July 6th the national final of the stock judging took place where Aoife Healy from Ballinascarty Macra and Anthony Buckley from Caheragh Macra represented the region. They did a great job in representing the region and their clubs.
JUST over 100 competitors completed the third annual Do Run Run on Sherkin Island recently. A fun non competitive event where 100% of peoples entry fees are donated to Cancer Connect, West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue and The Wild Atlantic Community Swimming Pool was enjoyed by everyone. The route took in the spectacular coastline of Sherkin Island and participants enjoyed the open air music at The Islanders Rest after
Adrigole GAA Club are once again running their annual Duck Race Festival this year. The much anticipated event will take place over the August bank holiday weekend. The club are delighted to once again host the event at the base of the beautiful Hungry Hill on the grounds of Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site where there will be a fully licensed Marquee.
Fundraising for the restoration of Christ Church, Glandore began in 2012 with a Summer Auction and four years later the committee hopes to complete the fundraising with another auction. When it became apparent that the future of the church, consecrated in 1861, was at risk because of the dangerous condition of its tower a public meeting was held and a cross community committee formed to protect and restore this unique
THE well-known owner of Lynch’s Centra in Crosshaven, Bernard Lynch will be attempting the cross-Channel solo swim this August in aid of Aware. Bernard has been undertaking gruelling training over the last two years in advance of this ultimate long-distance challenge. This challenge is no easy fact – incredibly, more people have climbed Mount Everest than have successfully swum the English Channel.
Pictured is Ann O’Regan from Clonakilty Road Runners AC, her son Jack and Stevey McGeown who is running 60 ultra marathons in 60 days.
An extremely busy period for the club has seen the completion of their annual cup competitions and the organising of a Funday.
GOLFERS from all over Cork descended on Mahon Golf Club last Thursday June 23rd for the Cork Association for Autism’s annual Golf Classic at Mahon Golf Club. The event which was sponsored by Right Price Tiles and Wood Flooring was a huge success again this year with essential funds being raised for the autism charity.
THE Kinsale Age Friendly Town Programme, in conjunction with Kinsale Boules Club, has organised a boules game demonstration at the Kinsale Boules pitch on Tuesday 5th July at 2.30pm (weather permitting).
It has been announced that the West Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – has been selected by an Independent Selection Committee to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork. This means that the West Cork LCDC is the preferred applicant for managing and administering LEADER funding under the upcoming LEADER programme 2016-2020.
AS a result of the Speaking Up For A Change project 270 people over the age of 55 across the country are producing radio that makes a difference.
Rosscarbery Ladies Football Club are holding their annual fundraising Jersey Shore 5k family fun walk on Friday July 15th, gathering at the Ardagh Club house from 6.30pm, leaving at 7pm. Once again, the walkers are asked to wear their favourite, unique, unusual, colourful, oldest jersey; you decide and join us for a walk along the shore of Rosscsrbery.
THIS summer, Kinsale student Erin O’Leary (16) gave up a week of her school holidays to join housing charity, Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Summer Youth Build in Romania.
ON Friday the 10th of June the Bandon Branch of the Irish Red Cross held the fourth Eileen Hayes Memorial Perpetual Award for Carer of the Year in the Munster Arms Hotel.